Athens, TN

Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA)

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2019 Population
53,053
0.531% 1-year growth
US Senator
Marsha Blackburn
Republican Party
US Senator
Bill Hagerty
Republican Party
2019 Median Age
42.6
0.234% 1-year decrease
2019 Poverty Rate
19.3%
1.85% 1-year decrease
2019 Median Household Income
$43,285
4.56% 1-year growth
2019 Median Property Value
$133,200
6.3% 1-year growth
2019 Employed Population
21,334
0.913% 1-year growth

About

In 2019, Athens, TN had a population of 53.1k people with a median age of 42.6 and a median household income of $43,285. Between 2018 and 2019 the population of Athens, TN grew from 52,773 to 53,053, a 0.531% increase and its median household income grew from $41,398 to $43,285, a 4.56% increase.

The 5 largest ethnic groups in Athens, TN are White (Non-Hispanic) (89.2%), Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) (3.62%), White (Hispanic) (3.24%), Two+ (Non-Hispanic) (1.88%), and Asian (Non-Hispanic) (0.782%). 0% of the households in Athens, TN speak a non-English language at home as their primary language, and 98.2% of the residents in Athens, TN are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Athens, TN are Tennessee Wesleyan University (297 degrees awarded in 2019) and Tennessee College of Applied Technology-Athens (160 degrees).

In 2019, the median property value in Athens, TN was $133,200, and the homeownership rate was 73.5%. Most people in Athens, TN drove alone to work, and the average commute time was 21.4 minutes. The average car ownership in Athens, TN was 2 cars per household.

Athens, TN borders Cleveland, TN and Knoxville, TN.

COVID-19

Daily New Cases by Date

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Unemployment Insurance Claims

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Employment by Industry Sector

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Start Year
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8.45%
Year-over-year growth
Employment change between May 2020 and May 2021

As of May 2021, there are 145M people employed in Tennessee. This represents a 8.45% increase in employment when compared to May 2020.

The following chart shows monthly employment numbers for each industry sector in Tennessee.

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Community Mobility

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Diversity

Athens, TN is home to a population of 53.1k people, from which 98.2% are citizens. As of 2019, 8.34% of Athens, TN residents were born outside of the country (4.43k people).

In 2019, there were 24.6 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (47.3k people) in Athens, TN than any other race or ethnicity. There were 1.92k Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) and 1.72k White (Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

Race and Ethnicity

Race and Ethnicity

The 3 largest ethnic groups in Athens, TN
  1. White (Non-Hispanic)
    47.3k ± 24
  2. Black or African American (Non-Hispanic)
    1.92k ± 205
  3. White (Hispanic)
    1.72k ± 188
4.01%
Hispanic Population
2.13k people

In 2019, there were 24.6 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (47.3k people) in Athens, TN than any other race or ethnicity. There were 1.92k Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) and 1.72k White (Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

4.01% of the people in Athens, TN are hispanic (2.13k people).

The following chart shows the 7 races represented in Athens, TN as a share of the total population.

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Heritage

Foreign-Born Population

8.34%
2019 Foreign-Born Population
4.43k people
2.5%
2018 Foreign-Born Population
1.32k people

As of 2019, 8.34% of Athens, TN residents (4.43k people) were born outside of the United States, which is lower than the national average of 34%. In 2018, the percentage of foreign-born citizens in Athens, TN was 2.5%, meaning that the rate has been increasing.

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Age by Nativity

43
Median Native-Born Age
± 0.4
41
Median Foreign-Born Age
± 2.6

In 2019, the median age of all people in Athens, TN was 42.6. Native-born citizens, with a median age of 43, were generally older than foreign-born citizens, with a median age of 41. But people in Athens, TN are getting getting younger. In 2018, the average age of all Athens, TN residents was 43.

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Global Diversity

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Most Common Origin
  1. Mexico
    90,080 ± 7,319 people
  2. India
    22,725 ± 3,695 people
  3. Guatemala
    14,922 ± 2,996 people

In 2019, the most common birthplace for the foreign-born residents of Tennessee was Mexico, the natal country of 90,080 Tennessee residents, followed by India with 22,725 and Guatemala with 14,922.

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Citizenship

98.2%
2019 Citizenship
98.2%
2018 Citizenship

As of 2019, 98.2% of Athens, TN residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.4%. In 2018, the percentage of US citizens in Athens, TN was 98.2%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been decreasing.

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Military

Veterans

Most Common Service Period
  1. Vietnam
    1,431 ± 224
  2. Gulf War (1990s)
    435 ± 163
  3. Gulf War (2001-)
    390 ± 130

Athens, TN has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 3.29 times greater than any other conflict.

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Economy

Median household income in Athens, TN is $43,285. In 2019, the county with the highest Median Household Income in Athens, TN was Williamson County, TN with a value of $115,507, followed by Wilson County, TN and Rutherford County, TN, with respective values of $80,071 and $69,397.

Males in Tennessee have an average income that is 1.37 times higher than the average income of females, which is $45,164. The income inequality in Tennessee (measured using the Gini index) is 0.465, which is lower than than the national average.

The economy of Athens, TN employs 21.3k people. The largest industries in Athens, TN are Manufacturing (5,462 people), Retail Trade (2,845 people), and Health Care & Social Assistance (2,354 people), and the highest paying industries are Utilities ($51,176), Wholesale Trade ($45,921), and Educational Services ($45,907).

Wages

Median Household Income

$43,285
2019 value
± $2,849
4.56%
1 Year Growth
± 8.8%

Households in Athens, TN have a median annual income of $43,285, which is less than the median annual income of $65,712 across the entire United States. This is in comparison to a median income of $41,398 in 2018, which represents a 4.56% annual growth.

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Wage by Gender in Common Jobs

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$61,766
Average Male Salary in Tennessee
± $1,435
$45,164
Average Female Salary in Tennessee
± $1,015

In 2019, full-time male employees in Tennessee made 1.37 times more than female employees.

This chart shows the gender-based wage disparity in the 5 most common occupations in Tennessee by number of full-time employees.

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Wage by Race and Ethnicity in Common Jobs

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Highest Average Salaries by Race & Ethnicity in Tennessee
  1. Asian
    $61,599 ± $7,995
  2. White
    $49,726 ± $952
  3. American Indian
    $43,276 ± $11,603

In 2019 the highest paid race/ethnicity of Tennessee workers was Asian. These workers were paid 1.24 times more than White workers, who made the second highest salary of any race/ethnicity in Tennessee.

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Wage Distribution

The closest comparable wage GINI for Athens, TN is from Tennessee.
0.465
2019 Wage GINI in Tennessee
0.466
2018 Wage GINI in Tennessee

In 2019, the income inequality in Tennessee was 0.465 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 0.21% decline from 2018 to 2019, which means that wage distribution grew somewhat more even. The GINI for Tennessee was lower than than the national average of 0.478. In other words, wages are distributed more evenly in Tennessee in comparison to the national average.

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Income by Location

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In 2019, the county with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Athens, TN was Williamson County, TN with a value of $115,507, followed by Wilson County, TN and Rutherford County, TN, with respective values of $80,071 and $69,397.

The following map shows all of the counties in Athens, TN colored by their Median Household Income (Total).

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Poverty by Age and Gender

Females 25 - 34
Largest Demographic Living in Poverty

19.3% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Athens, TN (9.94k out of 51.6k people) live below the poverty line, a number that is higher than the national average of 12.3%. The largest demographic living in poverty are Females 25 - 34, followed by Females 35 - 44 and then Females 55 - 64.

The Census Bureau uses a set of money income thresholds that vary by family size and composition to determine who classifies as impoverished. If a family's total income is less than the family's threshold than that family and every individual in it is considered to be living in poverty.

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Poverty by Race and Ethnicity

Largest Race or Ethnicity Living in Poverty
  1. White
    9,128 ± 694
  2. Hispanic
    420 ± 197
  3. Black
    370 ± 191

The most common racial or ethnic group living below the poverty line in Athens, TN is White, followed by Hispanic and Black.

The Census Bureau uses a set of money income thresholds that vary by family size and composition to determine who classifies as impoverished. If a family's total income is less than the family's threshold than that family and every individual in it is considered to be living in poverty.

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Occupations

Employment by Occupations

21.3k
2019 Value
± 1,068
0.913%
1 Year growth
± 6.94%

From 2018 to 2019, employment in Athens, TN grew at a rate of 0.913%, from 21.1k employees to 21.3k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Athens, TN, are Production Occupations (3,067 people), Office & Administrative Support Occupations (2,654 people), and Sales & Related Occupations (1,783 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Athens, TN.

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Most Common

The most common jobs held by residents of Athens, TN, by number of employees, are Production Occupations (3,067 people), Office & Administrative Support Occupations (2,654 people), and Sales & Related Occupations (1,783 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other MSAs, Athens, TN has an unusually high number of residents working as Production Occupations (2.54 times higher than expected), Material Moving Occupations (1.76 times), and Installation, Maintenance, & Repair Occupations (1.49 times).

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Highest Paid

The highest paid jobs held by residents of Athens, TN, by median earnings, are Architecture & Engineering Occupations ($66,786), Computer, Engineering, & Science Occupations ($65,714), and Health Diagnosing & Treating Practitioners & Other Technical Occupations ($55,361).

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Industries

Employment by Industries

21.3k
2019 Value
± 1,068
0.913%
1 Year growth
± 6.94%

From 2018 to 2019, employment in Athens, TN grew at a rate of 0.913%, from 21.1k employees to 21.3k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Athens, TN, are Manufacturing (5,462 people), Retail Trade (2,845 people), and Health Care & Social Assistance (2,354 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Athens, TN, though some of these residents may live in Athens, TN and work somewhere else. Census data is tagged to a residential address, not a work address.

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Most Common

The most common industries in Athens, TN, by number of employees, are Manufacturing (5,462 people), Retail Trade (2,845 people), and Health Care & Social Assistance (2,354 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other MSAs, Athens, TN has an unusually high number of Manufacturing (2.56 times higher than expected), Utilities (1.58 times), and Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting (1.39 times) industries.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries in Athens, TN, by median earnings, are Utilities ($51,176), Wholesale Trade ($45,921), and Educational Services ($45,907).

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Domestic Trade

Domestic Production & Consumption

Domestic production and consumption consists of products and services shipped from Tennessee to other states, or from other states to Tennessee.
Top Domestic Production in Dollars
  1. $48.8B
  2. $36.4B
  3. $34.6B

In 2018, the top outbound Tennessee product (by dollars) was Electronics with $48.8B, followed by Motorized vehicles ($36.4B) and Pharmaceuticals ($34.6B).

The following chart shows the share of these products in relation to all outbound Tennessee products.

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Domestic Trade Growth

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$413B
2018 Value in Tennessee
$825B
Projected 2045 Value in Tennessee
99.4% growth

In 2018, total outbound Tennessee trade was $413B. This is expected to increase 99.4% to $825B by 2045.

The following chart shows how the domestic outbound Tennessee trade is projected to change in comparison to its neighboring states.

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Interstate Trade

Interstate trade consists of products and services shipped from Tennessee to other states, or from other states to Tennessee.
Most Common Trade Partners
  1. $28.5B
  2. $25.4B
  3. $22.6B

In 2018, the top outbound Tennessee domestic partner for goods and services (by dollars) was Texas with $28.5B, followed by Kentucky with $25.4B and Georgia and $22.6B.

The following map shows the amount of trade that Tennessee shares with each state (excluding itself).

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Civics

In the 2016 presidential election, the popular vote in Tennessee went to Donald J. Trump with 60.7% of the vote. The runner-up was Hillary Rodham Clinton (34.7%), followed by Other (4.56%). The most partisan county was Wayne County, TN with 86% of the vote going to Donald J. Trump running for the Republican Party.

Marsha Blackburn and Bill Hagerty are the senators currently representing the state of Tennessee. In the United States, senators are elected to 6-year terms with the terms for individual senators staggered.

Tennessee is currently represented by 9 members in the U.S. house, and members of the House of Representives are elected to 2-year terms.

Presidential Popular Vote by County

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Showing data up to the 2016 election. Updated election results are currently being processed, and will be released in the coming months.
Donald J. Trump
Popular Vote for Tennessee
60.7% for the Republican Party
Most Partisan Counties in Tennessee
  1. 86% for Donald J. Trump (Republican Party)
  2. 84.9% for Donald J. Trump (Republican Party)
  3. 83.5% for Donald J. Trump (Republican Party)

In the 2016 presidential election, the most partisan county in Tennessee was Wayne County, TN with 86% of the vote going to Donald J. Trump running for the Republican Party.

The following map shows the counties in Tennessee colored by their party leaning.

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US Senators from Tennessee

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Marsha Blackburn
Senator from Tennessee1
Assumed office on January 3, 2019
Bill Hagerty
Senator from Tennessee2
Assumed office on January 3, 2021

Marsha Blackburn and Bill Hagerty are the senators currently representing Tennessee.

In the United States, senators are elected to 6-year terms with the terms for individual senators staggered.

The following chart shows elected senators in Tennessee over time, excluding special elections, colored by their political party.

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US Representatives from Tennessee

Tennessee is currently represented by 9 members in the U.S. house.

Members of the House of Representives are elected to 2-year terms, and the following chart shows the how the members for Tennessee have changed over time starting in 2008.

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Education

In 2019, universities in Athens, TN awarded 457 degrees. The student population of Athens, TN is skewed towards women, with 557 male students and 822 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Athens, TN are White (373 and 84%), followed by Black or African American (29 and 6.53%), Hispanic or Latino (24 and 5.41%), and Unknown (8 and 1.8%).

The largest universities in Athens, TN by number of degrees awarded are Tennessee Wesleyan University (297 and 65%) and Tennessee College of Applied Technology-Athens (160 and 35%).

The most popular majors in Athens, TN are Registered Nursing (63 and 13.8%), General Business Administration & Management (48 and 10.5%), and Licensed Practical & Vocational Nurse Training (45 and 9.85%).

The median tuition costs in Athens, TN are $23,900 for private four year colleges, and $N/A and $N/A respectively, for public four year colleges for in-state students and out-of-state students.

Concentrations

Most Common
  1. 63 degree-majorss awarded
  2. 41 degree-majorss awarded
  3. 20 degree-majorss awarded

In 2018, the most common concentation for Bachelors Degree recipients in Athens, TN was Registered Nursing with 63 degrees awarded.

This visualization illustrates the percentage of students graduating with a Bachelors Degree from schools in Athens, TN according to their major.

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Universities

Largest Universities by degrees awarded
  1. 297 degrees awarded
  2. 160 degrees awarded
$N/A
Median In-State Public
$23,900
Median Private

In 2019, the Athens, TN institution with the largest number of graduating students was Tennessee Wesleyan University with 297 degrees awarded.

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Student Gender for Common Institutions

174
Degrees Awarded to Men
283
Degrees Awarded to Women

In 2019, 174 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Athens, TN, which is 0.615 times less than the 283 female students who received degrees in the same year.

This chart displays the gender disparity between the institutions in Athens, TN by degrees awarded.

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Student Race and Ethnicity

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity
  1. White
    373 degrees awarded
  2. Black or African American
    29 degrees awarded
  3. Hispanic or Latino
    24 degrees awarded

In 2019 the most common race/ethnicity group awarded degrees at institutions in Athens, TN was White students. These 373 degrees mean that there were 12.9 times more degrees awarded to White students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, Black or African American, with 29 degrees awarded.

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Athens, TN was $133,200 in 2019, which is 0.554 times smaller than the national average of $240,500. Between 2018 and 2019 the median property value increased from $125,300 to $133,200, a 6.3% increase. The homeownership rate in Athens, TN is 73.5%, which is higher than the national average of 64.1%. People in Athens, TN have an average commute time of 21.4 minutes, and they drove alone to work. Car ownership in Athens, TN is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Housing

Property Value

$133,200
2019 Median
± $7,490
$125,300
2018 Median
± $6,973

In 2019, the median property value in Athens, TN grew to to $133,200 from the previous year's value of $125,300.

The following charts display, first, the property values in Athens, TN compared to it's parent and neighbor geographies and, second, owner-occupied housing units distributed between a series of property value buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Athens, TN the largest share of households have a property value in the $100k - $125k range.

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Household Income

Please note that the buckets used in this visualization were not evenly distributed by ACS when publishing the data.
$43,285
Median Household Income
± $2,849
20.8k
Number of Households
± 1,038

In 2019, the median household income of the 20.8k households in Athens, TN grew to $43,285 from the previous year's value of $41,398.

The following chart displays the households in Athens, TN distributed between a series of income buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households have an income in the $75k - $100k range.

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Property Taxes

< $800
Average Range

This chart shows the households in Athens, TN distributed between a series of property tax buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Athens, TN the largest share of households pay taxes in the < $800 range.

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Rent vs Own

73.5%
2019 Homeownership
74.3%
2018 Homeownership

In 2019, 73.5% of the housing units in Athens, TN were occupied by their owner. This percentage declined from the previous year's rate of 74.3%.

This percentage of owner-occupation is higher than the national average of 64.1%. This chart shows the ownership percentage in Athens, TN compared it's parent and neighboring geographies.

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Commute Time

21.4 minutes
Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Athens, TN have a shorter commute time (21.4 minutes) than the normal US worker (25.5 minutes). Additionally, 1.04% of the workforce in Athens, TN have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Commute in 2019
  1. Drove Alone (86.9%)
  2. Carpooled (6.98%)
  3. Worked At Home (3.9%)

In 2019, 86.9% of workers in Athens, TN drove alone to work, followed by those who carpooled to work (6.98%) and those who worked at home (3.9%).

The following chart shows the number of households using each mode of transportation over time, using a logarithmic scale on the y-axis to help better show variations in the smaller means of commuting.

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Transportation

Car Ownership

2 cars
Average Number

The following chart displays the households in Athens, TN distributed between a series of car ownership buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households in Athens, TN have 2 cars, followed by 3 cars.

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Health

89.4% of the population of Athens, TN has health coverage, with 39.2% on employee plans, 21% on Medicaid, 16.4% on Medicare, 10.8% on non-group plans, and 2.05% on military or VA plans.

Per capita personal health care spending in Tennessee was $7,372 in 2014. This is a 3.74% increase from the previous year ($7,106).

Primary care physicians in Tennessee see 1396 patients per year on average, which represents a 0% change from the previous year (1396 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 1801 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 634 patients per year.

Comparing across all counties in the state, DeKalb County and Lauderdale County have the highest prevalence of diabetes (21.5%). Additionally, Lauderdale County has the highest prevalence of adult obesity (47.4%)

Patient to Clinician Ratios

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1,396 to 1
Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio in Tennessee

Primary care physicians in Tennessee see an average of 1,396 patients per year. This represents a 0% change from the previous year (1,396 patients).

The following chart shows how the number of patients seen by primary care physicians has been changing over time in Tennessee in comparison to its neighboring geographies.

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Behavioral Health Conditions

Data only available at the state level.
State with the Highest Prevalence
  1. 8.26% of the population affected
  2. 8.13% of the population affected
  3. 7.98% of the population affected

In 2016, West Virginia had the highest prevalence of adults with major depressive episode, with 8.26% of the population affected. The second highest is Arkansas (8.13%), followed by New Hampshire (7.98%).

The following map shows the percent of individuals with major depressive episode by state over multiple years.

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Access and Quality

Data only available at state level.
Most prevalent states
  1. 19.2% of adults
  2. 17.9% of adults
  3. 17.6% of adults

In 2016, Mississippi had the highest prevalence of adults who haven't seen a doctor in the past 12 months due to cost, at 19.2%. It is followed by Texas (17.9%) and Louisiana (17.6%).

The following map shows the prevalence of adults who haven't seen a doctor in the past 12 months due to cost by state over multiple years.

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Health Care Spending

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$7,372
Total Per Capita Spending on Personal Health Care in Tennessee
$4,680
Per Enrollee Private Health Insurance Spending on Personal Health Care
$5,677
Per Enrollee Medicaid Spending on Personal Health Care
$10,371
Per Enrollee Medicare Spending on Personal Health Care

Between 2013 and 2014, all personal health care spending per capita in Tennessee (including private, Medicare, and Medicaid) grew 3.74%, from $7,106 to $7,372.

The following chart shows how this spending changed over time in comparison to Medicaid, Medicare, and private insurance spending, per enrollee.

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Health Care Coverage

10.6%
Uninsured
39.2%
Employer Coverage
21%
Medicaid
16.4%
Medicare
10.8%
Non-Group
2.05%
Military or VA

Between 2018 and 2019, the percent of uninsured citizens in Athens, TN grew by 12.5% from 9.39% to 10.6%.

The following chart shows how the percent of uninsured individuals in Athens, TN changed over time compared with the percent of individuals enrolled in various types of health insurance.

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Health Risks

Data available at the county level.
Most at risk counties
  1. 21.5% prevalence
  2. 21.5% prevalence
  3. 20.3% prevalence

DeKalb County and Lauderdale County have the highest prevalence of diabetes in Tennessee, at 21.5%.

The following map shows the prevalence of diabetes in Tennessee by county over multiple years.

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